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International Space Station

  1. Today In Shut-The-Front-Door News, Cosmonauts Report Finding Microorganisms In Space

    This should shut that upstart Rosetta up.

    We need more GIFs of Mulder and Scully high-fiving: Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports that cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station.

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  2. ISS Astronauts Tweet a Bunch of Pictures of Massive Typhoon Neoguri

    TL;DR: Astronauts are great at Twitter. Storms make us feel small.

    Whenever there's a big weather event, you can count on the astronauts aboard the International Space Station to send out some pretty amazing pictures to put it into perspective. Although, unlike when you try to put a bad day into perspective, putting a hurricane or a typhoon into perspective mostly just makes them look even scarier and more awe inspiring. More after the jump.

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  3. Hurricane Arthur as Seen by Astronaut Reid Wiseman on the ISS [Update]

    This is why following astronauts on Twitter is great.

    Before Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina yesterday astronaut Reid Wiseman snapped this picture from the International Space Station showing the storm's then newly formed eye. Even terrible things can look beautiful from space.

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  4. American Astronauts Get Heads Shaved After World Cup Defeat

    Important note: They basically use a Flowbee in space.

    As you probably know, the US lost to Germany in the World Cup the other day. As we mentioned, astronauts on the International Space Station had a bet on the game, and since the US lost Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson had their heads shave by German astronaut Alexander Gerst.

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  5. American and German Astronauts Play Soccer in Space, Have a Head-Shaving Bet on Today’s World Cup Match

    Soccer! In! Spaaaaaaaaace!

    I may not care about Earthbound soccer, but I could watch ISS astronauts Steve Swanson (left), Alexander Gerst (middle), and Reid Wiseman (right) play it in space all day long. Swanson and Wiseman are American and Gerst is German, and they've made a pretty interesting bet on today's match.

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  6. Watch Cosmonauts on a Spacewalk Outside the International Space Station From the Comfort of Earth

    Let's hope nobody almost drowns in their helmet!

    Today Cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev will leave the relative comfort and safety of the International Space Station for a scheduled six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk. You can watch the entire thing through NASA TV's live stream, and you don't even have to leave Earth.

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  7. Space Station Coffee Is About to Get Better, Will Still Be Made With Pee-Water

    Thanks, but I'll just have tea... oh that's pee-water too?

    Being an astronaut on the International Space Station is full of challenges -- chief among them according to Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano is the lack of decent coffee, and that guy nearly drowned in his own helmet on a space walk, so if he thinks coffee is the biggest problem then it's clearly a huge issue. Italy wants to fix that, so they're sending an espresso machine to space.

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  8. The Very First Vine From Space Captures A Sun That Never Sets

    And it's kind of inspiringly beautiful.

    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is about to get Vine-famous, because he's uploaded the first-ever Vine from space. In Wiseman's video, he condenses the ISS's 92-minute lap around the Earth into six seconds, showing us lowly Earthings that, from his vantage point over the day/night terminator line, the sun never sets.

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  9. Identical Twin Astronauts Will Test the Effects of Space on Humans

    Man, the Winklevoss twins must be so jealous.

    Despite the Winklevoss twins' plans to use Bitcoin to go to outer space, two NASA astronauts are getting the jump on their whole "twins in space" bit. Identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly are going to help NASA better understand how weightlessness affects the human body.

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  10. Russia Threatens to Pull out of the ISS Over Politics, Good Luck Opening the Pod Bay Doors Without Them, NASA

    This is getting dangerously close to "I know you are, but what am I?" and inter-space agency slap fights.

    Dmitry Rogozin, head of the space and defense industry, told NASA where they could shove it that they could use a trampoline to get to the ISS, because Russia is sick of helping us if we're going to sanction them. Now, he's talking about pulling out of the ISS early and rendering it pretty much useless.

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